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Galway Downs

November 4, 2013

Livingstone Has Touched Many Lives

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Hawley Bennett-Awad walked into the main ring at Galway Downs for the final time on her four-star veteran Livingstone.

As announcer Mike Tucker read Bennett-Awad’s tribute aloud, she fought back tears while “Hank’s” support group, including Bennett-Awad’s husband, Gamal Awad, threw a cooler over his back and gave him plenty of pats.

November 3, 2013

Davidson Clinches Galway Downs CCI*** Win

Temecula, Calif. – Nov. 3

Buck Davidson traveled a long way from his home base in Riegelsville, Pa., to Galway Downs, and he made sure to make it count by holding onto the lead in the CCI*** with Petite Flower.

The win was all the more special because the 11-year-old Thoroughbred mare (Amber’s Lust—Tears Of A Loss) was bred by Davidson’s father, Bruce.

Buck rerouted the mare to Galway Downs after retiring her on cross-country at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI*** (Md.).

November 3, 2013

It’s Been A Homecoming For Liz Halliday-Sharp At Galway Downs

A month ago, Liz Halliday-Sharp would never have imagined she would have a horse competing at Galway Downs.

She last competed there in 1999, the first year of the event, before moving to England.

Now, 14 years later, she’s back at her old hometown event with HHS Cooley, who’s contesting his first CCI***.

November 2, 2013

Petite Flower Blossoms At Galway Downs

Temecula, Calif. – Nov. 2

While Buck Davidson was hoping for a better dressage score for Petite Flower at Galway Downs, the diminutive mare made up for it by earning one of two double-clear cross-country rounds over Ian Stark’s revamped CCI*** course.

“Flower’s” round was one of the ups in Davidson’s up and down day.

His dressage leader, The Apprentice, added 14 time penalties to his score to drop to sixth, but Davidson was pleased with the gelding.

November 1, 2013

Ringside Chat With Gina Miles

Since retiring her top horse, McKinlaigh, after winning an individual silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, Gina Miles has been quietly keeping busy bringing along young horses and students at her Gold Medal Equestrian in Templeton, Calif.

Like many professional riders, she juggles balancing time with her family (husband Morgan and two children, Austin, 14, and Taylor, 8) and competing, all while hoping to find her next star.

November 1, 2013

Davidson’s A Triple Threat At Galway Downs

Temecula, Calif. – Nov. 1

Buck Davidson brought three horses to the Galway Downs CCI***, and while they’re relatively inexperienced at the level, he didn’t come across the country for the fun of it.

Davidson rode The Apprentice into the lead after dressage, earning the only sub-50 mark (48.9). He also slotted into second place with Absolute Liberty (50.6) and seventh with Petite Flower (55.2)

November 4, 2012

Alliston Does It Again In Galway Downs CCI***

Temecula, Calif.Nov. 4

“He’s the Galway king,” said Michael Pollard about James Alliston as the latter sat down for the press conference after the conclusion of the three-star at Galway Downs. And it would be a fitting title for Alliston, who won the CCI*** here last fall, the CIC*** here this spring, and then, today, finished first and second in the CCI***.  Tivoli took the top spot on 53.4 penalties after pulling one rail in show jumping, and Jumbo’s Jake wasn’t far behind with 56.6 penalties. Pollard and Schoensgreen Hanni rounded out the top three.

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